At first glance, we might wonder why Pope Benedict XVI decided to honor the fiftieth anniversary of Vatican II by calling for a Year of Faith. Why not love? Or hope? Or peace? What is it that links the Council so strongly to the virtue of faith?
On one level, the Holy Father could have chosen any virtue, since Vatican II touched on all of them. But if we look at the Council closely, a “Year of Faith” makes perfect sense. That’s because faith was the central message of the Council.
On virtually every page of the Council documents, we can see the Holy Spirit calling us to a deeper faith, a faith that is at the same time as ancient as the Church and yet fresh and new. It is a faith that answers the spirit of the age we are living in. It’s a faith that goes beyond knowing the truths of our doctrine, important though that is, to encompass our hearts as well as our minds. This is not a faith that we express only within the walls of our churches and homes.…
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